Here's the direct link to the essay.
I must re-read until I have absorbed it -- but the initial impression is overwhelmingly positive! (Had to look for it! It's under the "Church" tab.)One thing comes to mind though. "Mary could not see the road ahead." These words of the elderly nun are doubtless true, but Simeon the prophet did give Our Lady a dire hint ... and I'd like to think that at the Cross, Our Lady was perhaps (perhaps!) the only human being who could have foreseen the Resurrection! So many miracles had occurred in her life (she conceived without human paternity), and in her Son's (he changed water to wine! he raised the dead!), that she must have known -- known! -- that the Crucifixion was not the last word.But yes, it remains true that she could not exactly see every turn in the road ahead, and even if she could predict some things, it made the agonies no less arduous.
I should pay you guys, seriously! Thanks for the correct link, Bill, and as always, Tom for your astute feedback. I was thinking she didn't know the road ahead while Christ was alive OR after he died, but I love your idea that she may have been the only human being who could have foreseen the Resurrection. She'd been pondering things in her heart for a long time...
Heather, well done! I too have been enjoying the something extra that brown butter gives to cakes, cookies, and sage sauce for gnocchi....and....YUM!!!Oh, and the "...something more." Perfect note to end the article- NOT some final words of wisdom or consolation from the priest, as I thought maybe you were headed. Instead, the "more" came from the old nun's notebook, from your friend Ellen, and from the fruit of that desert time that was more than what you could have imagined after all. And God bless you as you prepare for your trip back East.
This article goes into my list of "favorite Heather writing" which is getting to be a long list indeed. I just re-read your post in response to why you avoid "the right and the left" and this is like part two. So very grateful, Heather.
I have bookmarked the article for later, but right now I have to tell you that I love that photo. It all looks so delicious, the colors are all warm and comforting. And that Franciscan Desert Rose plate in the back! So old-fashioned and comforting too. I love that pattern. I always appreciate your photos on your blog.
Several readings of this have lead to this:Our Father -- Thy will be done, not mine, even when I want to cling to You in my own way, go to the desert to have the experience I want to have, when You wish instead to give me only Yourself...
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